Who can adopt?

Considering adoption? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Can you provide love, time and commitment to a child?

  • Can you empathise with a child who may never have experienced the security of feeling safe and loved?

  • Can you be patient and flexible, to supportively adapt to whatever unique challenges may come from the child's circumstances?

  • Do you have the energy and health to provide a long-term family for a child?

  • Are you over 21?

If you believe the answer to all those questions is yes, then there is a good chance you could be an adoptive parent. We will always make the final decision after taking time to get to know you and your circumstances, but answering yes to the above is enough to start thinking about the process.

"It's amazing seeing him grow and become him, that's what's really fantastic, just seeing him blossom is really profound."

People who adopt can be:

  • Single, married or unmarried

  • From any ethnic or religious background

  • Heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender

  • A homeowner or living in rented accommodation

  • Employed or on benefits

Other factors

Bedroom space - while most adopted children will need the safety of their own bedroom (unless being placed with their brother or sister), please talk to us about your home and plans for the future, if you don't have a spare room right now.  

Disability and health - being disabled doesn't exclude you from adopting and experience of disability can sometimes be helpful. There is no upper age limit for adopters, but adoptive parents need to have good health and energy to look after children into adulthood. 

Smoking - While there is no legal bar to adopters smoking, the health of children being placed is of paramount importance and consideration.  We currently follow medical advice provided by CoramBAAF; we do not place children aged under 5 in a household with someone who smokes. 

Pets - We understand that pets are a part of the family and animals will be assessed as part of the adoption assessment process to ensure children are safe and their experiences of animals is understood.

Does all that sound like you? In which case give us a call on 0303 333 1216.

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If you're thinking about adoption then we'd love to help.